Have you always dreamed of becoming a pilot? Make that dream a reality and let our staff of experienced FAA certified flight instructors take you from your first flight all the way through to you receiving your pilot's certificate! Glider flying is not only one of the most economical and enjoyable types of FAA governed aviation, you will also learn valuable skills and knowledge that will serve you in airplane flying. In fact our United States Airforce Academy uses gliders to train cadets prior to training them in airplanes. Many of the world's most famous pilots are also soaring enthusiasts.
Over the course of your training our instructors will guide you step-by-step through the learning process. Every student comes to us with different backgrounds and aptitudes so we do not have a cookie-cutter, one size fits all training packages. The FAA requires a minimum of twenty training flights and ten solo flights to be eligible for a glider pilot certificate. On average most students can complete their training in as little as a month with a cost of about $4,500-$5,000. Each lesson is tailored to the specific needs of the student, each training flight will cost on average $85. Our focus is on helping you attain the skills you need in an efficient manner while maintaining the highest standards for safety. Flying and soaring is also about having fun and our friendly instructors have a relaxed manner that will put you at ease.
Your training doesn't have to end when you receive your Private Pilot Certificate. We offer training for both Commercial and Flight Instructor Glider ratings as well. Also our Flight Instructors have a lot of experience in cross country and will be happy to show you some advanced soaring techniques. We also are very active in the Soaring Society of Americas badge program and our Instructors can guide you through that program.
Citrus Soaring has trained thousands of pilots over the years and most of our former students are flying for the military or airlines, yet they still have a love for soaring. We are also one of the very few soaring schools that can say that they have two FAA Designated Pilot Examiners on staff!
For experienced pilots that already hold an FAA airplane or helicopter certificate we can provide you with a fast-track program to add-on a glider rating. Adding a glider rating is one of the most enjoyable ratings you could ever add to your existing certificate, it also teaches you valuable skills beneficial to your airplane flying, and counts as a Flight Review. We are one of the few soaring schools that has two FAA Designated Pilot Examiners on staff so scheduling your checkride will never be a concern!
At Citrus Soaring a Private Glider add-on is typically completed in just 3-4 days(weather permitting) with a cost of approximately $2,500. That cost covers the minimum requirements from the FAA which for a Private add-on is 10 training flights, 10 solo flights, checkride flights, examiner fees.
Commercial Glider add-on is typically completed in 4-5 days(weather permitting) with a cost of approximately $3,000. That cost covers the minimum requirements from the FAA which for the Commercial add-on is 10 training flights, 20 solo flights, checkride flights, examiner fees.
If additional flights are required the average cost of a training flight is $85 depending on the tow altitude.
Both a Private and Commercial glider add-ons do not require a written test.
We also offer training for Flight Instructor's looking to add-on a Glider Flight Instructor rating. This rating has several variables that effect both time and cost so please contact us and we will give you a better idea after knowing your experience level.
Regardless of what rating you pursue our professional instructors will guide you through the training process at a pace that ensures quality and FUN!
Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to schedule you, and get you started on reaching your dreams!
Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions that you might have about your training. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and remember the only "stupid" question is the one that isn't asked.
Citrus Soaring LLC
Our staff of flight instructors are excited to help you learn the fine art of soaring regardless of whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned airplane pilot looking for transition training!